Friday Tidbits

There were 8 boats in the pits most of the morning. The U-3 arrived late afternoon and will be ready to race when the course opens Saturday morning. Of the eight, only 4 tested and qualified.
The U-100's first venture onto the Bill Cantrell Memorial Course was in the Dixie Choppers Dash for Cash.
The U-7 Formulaboats made repairs to the backend of the hull and made no attempt to test on Friday. The hull sustained damage to the strut and various parts on the final heat in Evansville. Mike Allen told me they would not have made it another lap. It spent most of the day under a tarp over the tail section.
The U-50 also tweaking the hull and also made no attempt to test of qualify. As always, the team is here to learn and have fun. Brian Perkins seems to be driving this weekend. No sign of David Williams -- at least on Friday.
The U-25 still has no tail section and not sure of the team's status. They too made no attempts at running Friday.
The U-100 made the three lap Dash for Cash with no testing at all. Greg Hopp finished a close third before going dead. Not a bad Dash for Cash exhibition. Close "racing" until the end when both Steve David and Jeff Bernard let it loose coming off turn two to the finish line. It was too close. Check out the video at in the galleries section.

U-3 is coming! U-3 is coming!

The U-3 Chrysler-Jeep is on its way to to the pits in Madison. Despite two blown engines in Evansville, they should be in the pits and ready to hit the water on Saturday.

PHOTO: Jim Simpson

LINK: Doug Duncan photo of U-3 MASTER TIRE blown allison engine last week in Evansville >>

VIDEO: Dash for Cash

Jeff Bernard, Steve David and Greg Hopp put on a great show for Unlimited Hydroplane racing fans during the Friday Dixie Chopper Dash for Cash at Madison.

Bernard won the race in the U-5 The three drivers and teams agreed to split the purse.

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VIDEO: Steve David interview

James Crisp caught up with U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison driver Steve David in Madison.

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Four boats qualify on Friday - U-6 the fastest

  1. U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto / Miss Madison - Steve David 154.950
  2. U-37 Beacon Plumbing - Jean Theoret 153.888
  3. U-5 - Jeff Bernard 153.335
  4. U-10 Ahern Rentals - David Bryant 147.984

U-6 test new rudder

U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto / Miss Madison - Steve David did a lap time of 132.356 and timing runs while testing a new rudder.

Fastest time earlier @ 154.950

Dash for Cash Results

Dixie Chopper Dash for Cash

  1. U-5 - Jeff Bernard
  2. U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison - Steve David
  3. U-100 - Greg Hopp

The Dash for Cash is an exhibition race and the drivers like to put on a show. That's exactly what race fans got. Steve David and Jeff Bernard hit the flag start side-by-side, battling it out through the first turn. The U-6 and U-5 swapped the lead several times through the first lap with David in the U-6 grabbing a half boat lead at the start/finish line to start lap two.

Bernard grabbed the lead again on the outside lane on the back straightaway, but David took it right back in the inside lane. At the end of the second lap, Greg Hopp - with the U-100 on the water for the first time this weekend - pulled even to put all three boats side-by-side going into lap three of the exhibition race.

At the finish line, the U-5 barely edging out the U-6.

The U-100 went dead in the water on the last lap. Hopp said it was a compressor and not anything of major concern for the rest of the weekend.

Dash for Cash features 3 boats

U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison - Steve David
U-5 - Jeff Bernard
U-100 - Greg Hopp

U-37 ups qualifying times

U-37 Beacon Plumbing - Jean Theoret 153.335, 153.809, 153.888

U-6 top qualifier so far

U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison - Steve David 150.060, 151.834, 151.604

Fastest time earlier @ 154.950

U-5 qualifying times

U-5 - Jeff Bernard 153.128, 154.655, 154.151

N2 violation - speeds will not qualify

U-10 qualifying

U-10 Ahern Rental - David Bryant 147.984, heads back to dock after one qualifying lap

U-6 back on the water

U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison - Steve David 147.691, 150.741, 152.271

Fastest time earlier @ 154.950

U-37 qualifying

U-37 Beacon Plumbing - Jean Theoret 151.016, 152.842, 152.996

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U-6, U-5 qualifying times

U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison - Steve David 154.950

U-5 - Jeff Bernard 153.335

PHOTO: Kirk Duncan

Friday July 4th Madison

Good morning race fans. Happy 4th of July. I hope that all of you have a wonderful holiday weekend. Mother nature is resurfacing the river right now with fresh rain. Looks like it should be out of here sometime this morning early. We will have updates all weekend long just as we did in Evansville, so stay tuned and as the old Batman series announcer used to say, don't touch that dial.